Netvibes provides an advanced dashboard solution for your new tab page. It’s an original approach to the dashboard challenge: how do you get as much valuable information on your homepage? They do this with options to switch or toggle your view. So you can start with a Personal Dashboard, or a public one. You can also view news sources in a list view, or as a collection of Apps. The main advantage? Options!
Takes a few seconds to load. When using this start page, the slowness is quite apparent, it isn’t the servers – being robust and able to handle traffic; it’s the extra widgets, special effects and functionality that really weight down on the platform, making it slow. It’s a heavy one.
The website is fairly clean, no ads, a whole bunch of links at the bottom of the page – but those are quite neatly organized and can also be hidden from view. A lot of space is wasted for no particularly good reason, with a tiny search bar in the middle of all this space at the top of the page.
The top bar is mismatched in color and style, and cannot be customized or hidden. Working with the platform is intuitive, but sometimes some basic functionality is missing (take for example re-organizing your bookmarks, it can’t be done!) – you can sort them, though. Also, some extra features that get in the way of useful features (take for example search by tag within your bookmarks – it’s easier to run a google search). All in all some of the UI is good, some is poor. Another disappointment is that tabs get stuck sometimes and page must be refreshed.
- Large collection of gadgets to choose from – ranging from an email assistant, Facebook feed, Analytics feed, Todo list, Flight list, Weather, Alexa, Ebay, Calculator and thousands more.
- Bookmarking is not that easy, and the bookmark tags & tag search functionality just gets in the way. Categories for bookmarks would have been much better. Bookmarks open in a new window, nice.
- Advanced RSS capabilities
Export of your data
Super easy. Just click settings & download. Voila.
All major browsers
Free to use. Premium version starts at $2 per month.
Try http://www.netvibes.com now!
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